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Xian Group Tours

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On Xian group tours you can get to know not only the sites of Xian but also maybe make new friends from around the world. Traveling with a Xian group tour has several advantages one being that tour groups are usually ushered through the entrance of any site, without having to go through the time consuming process of buying tickets as your tour guide will take care of the tickets. Another advantage of traveling with Xian group tours is that you have the services of a professional and knowledgeable guide. Your guide can point out interesting and important things which you might otherwise have overlooked. If your tour includes lunch then you won't have to eat alone and you won't have to start looking for a good restaurant as one will be chosen for you. Your local guide will know the city and know which restaurants are geared towards tourists and which restaurants have good food and an authentic atmosphere. Taking one of the Xian group tours also takes the guess work out of transport arrangements. You will be taken from site to site and won't run the risk of getting lost, stuck in traffic or over charged by a taxi driver.

Terracotta Warriors, Xian, China
(photo: Emad Aljumah)

What you will see on a Xian Group Tour

On Xian group tours the main attraction is always the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, this site dates back to the Qin Dynasty (210-209BC) when thousands of terra cotta figures were made to be buried with Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The figures are of soldiers of the imperial guard as well as horses, chariots and weapons. The terra cotta army consists of about 8,000 warriors which are in three pits. Pit 1 is the most interesting and the one which has been fully excavated. In Pit 2 and 3 excavations are still ongoing. The remarkable thing about the terra cotta soldiers is that each one has been created as an individual, with different facial features, hair styles, clothing and posture. The entire site covers 16,300m² and is part of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum Site Park. Also on the site are the Qin Shi Huang Museum and three other sites which are yet to be opened, the Museum of Stone Armor, the Terracotta Acrobatics and the Museum of Terracotta Civil Officials. There are shuttle buses which take visitors from site to site within the park.

After a visit to the "Eighth Wonder of the World" Xian group tours usually visit some of the other sites in Xian. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda stands in the Da Ci'en Temple Complex and was originally built in 652 (the Tang Dynasty) as a place to store Buddhist materials which were brought to Xian from India. The Xian ancient City Walls stand 12 meters high, run for 13.7km and are 12-14 meters wide on top so that visitors can walk along the top of the wall. The walls were built to protect the city and were renovated and rebuilt several times over the years.

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